Streatham Common at first seems quite exposed but when you take a walk eastward up the hill you realise it has wonderful views and plenty of shady wooded bits at the Eastern edges. The views over south and south west London are great.
In the South East corner of the common theres a gate leading into theShrubbery. This is a self contained park withing the common, but not very obvious unless you go looking for it. Its beside the small cafe on the south side that has the seating outside. The Shurbbery has great views from the steep hill with seating looking out over the park. The flowers gardens here are amazing too, really well tended and theres are huge trees surrounding the whole place making it very private. There is an ancient Well here to where you can make a wish if you're that way inclined.
If you continue on walking south through the Rookery Gaedenspast the tennis courts you will come to a large white mansion in Norbury Park, I think its called Norwood Grove. I dont know the history of it but its well worth taking a walk around here for the great views and nice scenery. Its really surprising how you can stumble on these places, having lived here for years in the neighbourhood without knowing how nice it was.
This area is part of the Capital Ring walk which you can take all the way around London.
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